Visitors walking to the museum building

Plan Your Visit

Admission is FREE. Tickets are NOT required for entry.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
An American Indian home

Welcome to the North Carolina Museum of History!

Visitors from around the world travel to the North Carolina Museum of History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, to discover fascinating secrets and hidden gems from our state's past. Located at 5 East Edenton Street in the heart of downtown Raleigh, across from the North Carolina State Capitol, the state history museum welcomes more than 465,000 visitors a year, including 83,000+ schoolchildren. You can contact the Museum at (919) 814-7000. The fax number is (919) 733-8655​.

Effective Monday, March 7, masks will be optional for visitors and staff at the North Carolina Museum of History.

Please continue to follow the museum website and social media (FacebookTwitterTikTok, and Instagram) for the most up-to-date information. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Nearby the museum is convenient parking, restaurants, and many other family-friendly attractions.

The museum is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

The North Carolina Museum of History, our spectacular downtown monument to all that is North Carolina. - The News and Observer